Straight From the Van

The sky has greyed over and it looks like there will be no sunset today, which is a shame after the lovely sunny day we’ve had. The fine polished pebbles slide under my feet as I crunch down Slapton ‘Sands’ and step cautiously through the foam left by the crashing waves. though they are not…

A Bout de Souffle

The thick fog that blanketed the countryside last night had by mid-day been chased away by the sunshine though the air remained breathless, but turning from the coast road into the dead end that would take me to the cliff top I again entered a world of obscurity.  The fog swallowed the car, the trees,…

Sensory Deprivation

The day has failed to come clear and now, whilst only 3pm, on this early December day it may as well be early evening and with the light fading it surely won’t turn out right now.  I have taken over a little nook at Ayrmer Cove emptying out my bag on the dry sand above…

Tunnels

There are some fascinating sea caves, tunnels and arches along the coast here: Kingswear, Old Mill Cove, Watcombe to name a few, but today’s discoveries are something else.  The freezing fog and thick frost had cleared the closer I got to the coast but even so and in the shelter of the car park at…

Down the Rabbit Hole

There is a well worn scuff beside the coast path which suggests a way down the hill but immediately it vanishes down a small slope and into the undergrowth.  However, just because you can’t see it does not mean it’s not there.  10 minutes later and a mud slide down a stream bed through a…

First Frosts

The walk back to the car from Meldon Pool has dispelled the cold from our fingers and toes and the simple question is, head home or head to Foggintor Quarry? Given that we could be forgiven for thinking, but for the falling leaves, that this was a mid-summer day, Foggintor has an inevitability to it. …